Pen and Ink Continued - bamboo quill
I woke up this morning, wanting to approach my pen and ink exercises from a slightly different perspective. I'm not getting much variation with the nips I wanted, so I went off to the art shop in West End, and picked up a bamboo double sided quill pen. AAAAH, now that's what I'm talking about! It was great. The textural variation came in the way the bamboo absorbs and 'paints' the ink - it's also easy to vary the line and the great form. So now I need to get back to foreground, midground and background studies.
Being more a pattern based person, I tend to forget the simplest principles about line work. Thicker lines closer, thinner smaller lines in the background. Forced perspective works well and a little ink wash around shadows works a treat.
I've enjoyed the past few weeks of ink work, and will certainly introduce it into my work practices as an illustrator, although I may want to vary my lines more. I also have a few Windsor and Newton colour inks there, so I intend to work with these too. I also purched a water brush (water in the back end, brush in the front) but I've yet to figure out it's actual use. I need to find a few videos on-line I think.
Some tutorials I have found useful so far:
Coloring Tutorial: Watercolor Added to Pen & Ink
How to draw in pen and ink - illustration techniques
Pen and Ink Tutorial | How to draw a realistic T-rex Dinosaur
Tutorial - How To Draw Trees - Watercolor, Pen & Ink Techniques.mp4
I've started using the far more superior inks and papers and I've tried to let my line loosen to create texture where I can.
And so, back to the beginning. Dip pen and ink. Oh the things you forget, like having too much ink on your nip, or having too little, the bleed proof papers versus the papers that just soak it up like water and leave holes across the page. The mishaps that have to become part of the piece, such as a great big ink sploch right in the middle of the work you've spent hours to do. Yes, this is a medium that takes much more time and patience than pencil, or even your basic felt pen or sharpies.
Pen and Ink Technique exercises
I think really it's been about five years since I last used this medium. That is a long time. It's a very enjoyable medium, but not very mobile, which I've relied on with my other felt pens and such. BUT what it is teaching me, is patience, and there's much to be said about that. Varied mark making becomes monotonous, let's face it, so yesterday I went off to the local art shop, bought a variety of pen nibs (I had one... and one just isn't enough) and I also invested in proper Bristol board/paper. I decided to go for a smooth surface board, but perhaps next time, I'll have a go with the textured version. First things first: Better ink... I'll continue to use the 'bog standard' ink for my exercises (above) but for the brush work and completed works, I've purchased a Parker Quink permanent water-resistant ink - it's think and doesn't streak.
I rely very heavily on line work (you can see this in my pencil work), so for the ink experimenting during April, there will be more detail, less outline, and more textural variation. That's the plan.
Week 2 of my year long drawing course... the benefits of beginning back with line and perspective, tone and such means that I get to 'relearn' the fun stuff, as well as learn a few new tricks.
Spending a few hours a day on drawing is my goal, and with the diploma in mind, it works out well. But now I'm onto lesser known territory - pen and ink. Time to keep on learning!
A week or so ago, I wrapped up the 'Drawing for Beginners' class at New Farm State School, with very positive promises of continuing their drawing outside of the class.
Six weeks ago, a group of people who hadn't drawn in a very long time, or believed they 'couldn't draw' walked into my class, sat down and began an intensive look at drawing, form, tone, light, perspective and technique - just to name a few. The outcomes have been exceptional.
Drive and Payoff:
With adult education, you get a mixed bag - but the one thing in common is that they ALL want to be there. This is the drive. The outcome is the payoff.
Last night saw the end of my teaching for nfss for a while, as I start teaching a new subject at CATC from next week....
But this group will be keeping in touch, sending me the pieces they were half way through and I hope to keep providing my ex-students with feedback that keeps them motivated and improving.
What an amazing thing, as a teacher of the arts, to have a handful of students to want to be there, work well, ask questions and most of all, are EXCITED by their own work. Congratulations to all of you.
Some of my students have been kind enough (brave enough) to send me their thoughts, or photos of their work, and it made me realize how much can be 'untaught' about life - such as I can't draw. Everybody can draw, and with time and effort, I found I could can unteach this... and 'teach' a person to draw. We just don't afford ourselves the time or patience to learn.
So, I'm pretty sad to have closed down the course itself, however I am looking at providing online training and weekend workshops. Register your interest, or to send me your thoughts on this, email email@example.com
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